Memo: Consider civil rights home for national monument

Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump….

…Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, have been working with Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson to make the Evers home a part of the National Park Service. Cochran is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Zinke’s memo says that a federal spending bill directs the park service to do “resource studies” for Mississippi civil rights sites.

Alan Spears is cultural resources director for the National Parks Conservation Association , a private, nonprofit group that supports the parks. He said there are two ways to establish a national park: through legislation passed by Congress or through the president using a century-old law to establish a national monument.

San Fransico Chronicle